I woke up this morning with an intention of what I wanted my day to look like. The first thought I had was around this picture of a beautiful lush tree early in the morning with the sun shining through that I saw the day before. I thought tree of life, then I thought about low hanging fruit. Low hanging fruit is easy to get to, therefore its an easier path to get nutrients; to stay healthy. How can I relate this to my daily problems that seem to ebb and flow like a tide through my life I thought?
Anxiety is such a tricky thing and something that impacts every single person on this planet. If you are breathing, you are going to experience anxiety of some kind. Anxiety comes in different flavors. There is that type of anxiety that resembles eating something bitter where you get an instant “yuck” face and spit it out. Then there is the anxiety that is more subtle and more normal. The kind of anxiety that helps to propel you to something in a positive way.
How we choose to cope with our emotions & anxiety is something that is at the heart of all the issues that I work with people on. I work with clients on a nutritional and health coaching basis, but anxiety is not something in a vacuum, it is indeed greatly impacted by food and environmental stressors. However, its not just food & environment though. Its more than that. Your nutrition and environmental choices will help to build the right neurotransmitters that are responsible for our happiness, but its also about our coping skills. This is where the low hanging tree of life comes into play.
I have an exercise that I would like for you to try. It involves identifying all the things that are currently bothering you. We go through our days collecting worries, troubles, annoyances or anything really that detracts from our personal happiness. How many times do you stop during the day to just sigh and reflect on how crummy you feel? You probably don’t even know what it is that you feel crummy about most likely. This is because of the accumulation of troubles that you don’t successfully purge as you go through your day. So you reach a saturation point where even the smallest thing sets you off. The goal of this exercise is to clarify these problems by writing them out. I think writing them out is a key piece because when they are written out you are able to sort them out better. If you allow your brain to try and sort it out it will try to piece together everything in a sequential manner and none of this stuff is ever in sequence. You mix problems from 8AM with new problems that pop up at 8PM or throw in something that happened to you in the lunch line at work. Write it out for more clarity.
Start off with a table. I use a table in a word document, but you could plot something in a journal where you break out four columns labeled: problem, perceived priority, perceived value & the least stressful way to deal with this. Then begin to comb through your problems, worries and anxieties & start to sort out the priority of importance. This is challenging and will require some back and forth, but just stick with it. Don’t make it overly complicated, just go with what feels right. Plot all of your examples and sort them out one by one. Next chart your perceived value of the problem. This can be whatever comes to mind whether its practical or not. Just put it down. The last piece is to think of the least stressful ways to cope with this issue. You don’t have to plot a huge list here. Just focus on how you lighten up the burden on yourself by coming with things that will help you ease through it. Here is an example of some things I put together for myself below.
I think what you will find by doing this exercise is that those things that may have had priority beforehand, are not as important as you initially thought. Or maybe you find one hot button trigger that moved up the list from where you had it in your mind. Some of the simple things you can pick off like low hanging fruit. The more you can de-clutter your problems, the more energy you can save for the bigger issues.
For me I had sixteen things on my list today. Maybe you have less. Maybe you have more than this. For me I realized that there was one issue that seemed to pull into the pole position. Last year we lost a dog that we had for over ten years and it was challenging like all of the other animals we had lost over the years. But a few months after, we did what we have done in the past and rescued another animal from the animal shelter. We wanted a little younger animal so we opted for a little cutie pie that just had a lot of spunk. This quickly became quite challenging daily and was like having a toddler in the house where we couldn’t get much done. We truly love this little pup and totally working with her to help her through her own transition into our house, but its been taxing for all of us. I didn’t fully realize that this had so much bearing on my overload stress load until I did this exercise. Once I highlighted this as my #1, I started to find ways to deal with this in less stressful way. I embraced the idea that she is still in the puppy stages and that this is temporary. I also realized that we are seeing many positive changes with her in a very short period of time. I wasn’t giving this enough weight! There are also immediate things we can do like increasing the things that can keep her entertained. Like a little kid, we gave her a coloring book that kept her occupied for a bit. Well it wasn’t really crayons that we gave her :) new bones, toys and boxes that we had not had enough of. We also found a trainer that helped us with various behavioral things that we weren’t aware of as well as doing some research on how to make things better.
The point is, is that you can sort these things out and come up with ways to cope that you can review until they come become automatic for you. So essentially your response to these things changes and that thing that once created stress because of how you were perceiving it is now diffused. Give this a try and see how it makes you feel more empowered over those things that made you feel powerless before. This really works!
The Compromised Immune System - How Food Sensitivities Trigger A Cascade Of Health Issues & What You Can Do About It
Watch Nutritional Therapist & Restorative Wellness Practitioner Ian Sandage, owner of Heart To Health Wellness talk about how food sensitivities are triggering a cascade of health issues in our country.
These are the common symptoms that a lot of Americans are inflicted with daily and for most, there is really no thought of how food contributes to these illnesses and disease. Presentation & deck both on demand below.
If you are struggling to get well please do reach out to us to setup a free consult to see how we can help you.
Presentation 3/22/2019 - The Compromised Immune System
I work with a lot of clients that come to me with numerous health goals and its always apparent how vulnerable we are to what we come across. Somewhere in the midst of the many things that are encountered in our daily lives, we make up our minds on what’s good for us and stick with it regardless of the feedback we get from our body. A lot of times we do this because of what we read or who we talk to and we let our excitement for change overshadow what our body is really telling us.
In 2017, I had reached this plateau where nothing seemed to be going right. I had severely limited my choices while I was trying to listen to my body. In turn I feel like this actually set me back some. It was the limiting beliefs that were born from restriction that led to many negative emotions and as a result a body that was just unhappy. Today, I still follow a whole foods diet and a lot of the principles are still the same GAPS principles, but I have opened my mind to the things that helped me to get off that plateau. Variety & creativity are the two biggest things that have happened here.
I get at least six cups of non-starchy vegetables daily with a small amount of starchy carbs to go along with this. My protein choices are not limited to beef & beef and I have opened up my world to animal and plant based proteins more than I ever have! I truly have a lot of color on my plate now. Greens are a huge focal point for my health journey as like many others, my detox pathways were jammed up badly. My shopping cart is filled with exciting vegetables of all kinds now. It surprises me now to remember that it wasn’t so long ago that I had never even had squash. I didn’t even know what the hell a squash was! All of this has helped me to get much needed nutrients and balance, but In turn my mindset has evolved to a place where health can actually flourish now.
What Can You Do To Help Your Body?
All of this is not to discourage anyone to seek out new ways to heal, but rather encouragement to open up to the possibility that your body still needs something. Possibly you have been doing a specific diet for a long time and you just aren’t seeing results. Its at this point where you have to listen to your body and work on identifying what it is that you are missing. On our path to health, we either are doing things that are helpful or not helpful for good health. The main thing to remember is that what works for one, may not work for others and it may have very disastrous consequences eventually. Here are my top tips around all of this:
How many times have you looked up at the clock only to realize that you have not drank any water for the last four hours? Its kind of a crummy feeling, kind of like you let your body down right?
There is a reason that water is the most common nutrient deficiency in America and it has everything to do with our beliefs around this life giving substance.
It is a fact that America is lacking intake of water and this is despite it being highly available unlike many locations around the world. Six hundred sixty three million people around the globe live without access to clean water. And yet we are surrounded by flavor that always seems to win out against water.
Water is considered a nutrient along with protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. It’s critical for every cell in the body, every organ, every system in your body needs water to function correctly. Too little water inhibits oxygen and nutrient flow which ultimately can lead to some early and late signs of dehydration.
These below are some fairly common symptoms that your typical doctor will see a lot and from a nutritional therapy perspective this is also quite common.
So if we know what being dehydrated does to the body and what it feels like why do we not drink more of it?
If you are like most people there are some serious hang-ups around drinking water. Changing how we do things is a matter of changing our beliefs around something. Some of the most common beliefs about water below and followed by strategies to drink more:
#1 is that water is just boring. We value taste the most among those things we consume and there is a time and a place for this. However, in order to really be healthy you just have to accept that somethings are beneficial to the body and that taste is a bonus but not required.
#2 is that we just forget. We often get so wrapped up in what we are doing that we just simply forget to drink water and sometimes at long stretches at that. So then what happens is you mass consume large quantities thinking that you will overcome lost hours. It doesn’t work like this. The body can only handle so much water at a time and you will end up flushing most of it rather quickly along with valuable electrolytes
#3 Like the first one, we choose taste and select dehydrating beverages like soda, fruit juices and coffee among others
#4 I am not thirsty. By the time you start experiencing signs of dehydration it’s too late. The #1 thing to remember about this is that drinking water daily and lots of it is a good habit to build. If you drink it without being thirsty and get in the habit of doing this your body will run as efficiently as possible.
#5 The water fountain is nasty. I cannot say that I am a fan of the water fountain. That’s why I always try to have a water bottle with me. There are studies that indicate public water fountains pose low risk to those that are healthy. However, some of these levels are high enough to impact those with weakened immune systems. This is all about developing good habits. Get in the habit of bringing a non-plastic filtered water bottle from home when you can.
#6 Plastic water bottles are wasteful. Indeed they are, that’s why I have a stainless steel water bottle with me everywhere. You don’t have to drink out of plastic bottles. It’s a great choice to use a stainless steel reusable water bottle.
#7 I don’t like carrying it. I will say that this can be kind of a PITA. In some instances it doesn’t make sense to carry it with you and can be a nuisance. But in cases like this I will typically have a water bottle in the car. Once again it’s non-plastic so any heat up of the bottle is okay.
#8 I have to pee all the time. At first this can be very annoying, but once your body adjusts and as long as you are not gulping your water this will subside.
First some key points to help you be successful:
I mentioned a few things in the eight beliefs about water that you can use to work around the belief system. Let’s expand on this and dive into some strategies to help you consume the proper amount of water daily.
Dispel Your Beliefs Around Water
#1 Water is boring
#3 – We prefer things that taste better/sweeter over water
Your body is definitely crying for water as Dr. Batmanghelidj explains in his book “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water”. The one thing that I see a lot of people do is confuse hunger with thirst. The body’s first reaction that you feel is a sense of being hungry when in reality you are craving water.
Drinking water is like any other habit, it needs to be cultivated for an extended period of time before it becomes second nature to you. With the ideas in this post, you can do this! You can actually become better with drinking water. If something here doesn’t work for you, look for other ways to get better with this. I guarantee you that this is the simplest thing you can do to improve your health. Thanks for reading and following us. I hope this helps to develop better habits. If you have any questions or need some guidance please reach out through our contact page
When I set off on a new hike, I always make sure to take a look at the terrain to really understand whats in my path. Its also extremely critical to have some kind of guide to reference when venturing into new territory.
Our intestinal tract is really like an enigma to most of us. We eat and we get rid of what we eat. We don't really put too much thought into whats going on in our digestive tract.
Understanding the GI terrain is analogous to understanding the terrain of the remote locations you are venturing out into. Without a map, you are really flying blind and this is not an optimal state to live in.
The symptoms that we face daily always have a counterpart in the GI tract. You may be surprised to learn that some of the most common things we deal with as human beings all have roots in the digestive tract.
Take for example a common GI bacterium E.faecalis. This is a common gram-positive bacterium that has been found in 30-90% of re-infected root canals.
Without a map or GI-MAP, the test we offer, you will most likely be chasing symptoms trying to figure out what is making you ill. A GI-MAP can highlight these overgrowth of pathogens which can help to isolate a very specific protocol that is tailored for you.
Some of the most common symptoms that I see a lot are IBS, chronic loose stools/constipation, autoimmune conditions, depression/anxiety, poor sleep, bloating/excess gas, thyroid conditions and others. I say this all the time, but its important to really understand just how much of the things we face start in the gut.
We offer a GI-MAP test and we always to suggest to pair with an MRT food sensitivity test. You absolutely have to seal the gut and remove foods you are sensitive to so that you can really heal. This is great information to have about yourself. Send me a message if you want to know more about this. Thanks for following us here at Heart To Health Wellness!
Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
I take you back to a time in my life where it was filled with thoughts of how unfair this was or how unfair that was and just how close I came many times to saying the hell with it, I am done here! Well I am glad that I didn’t and that I fully realized that there was so much to be alive and present for in this life.
This disease has often taken on a life of its own and quite honestly it did from the very split second that I was told that I had Ulcerative Colitis in that cold sterile room back in 2003. The next ten years, plus a lot of ups and downs for the years after became a contest. It became a battle of will against the universe. How could I possibly be in this fucking place that I am now! I hate this! I hate where I am at! I hate that I have to watch others succeed with their health! If I have to watch another damn fast food commercial to remind me of what I can’t eat, I am going to scream!
Ultimately I had a choice to either put together in my mind just how good life is and how much I wanted it or to keep bathing in this pity and sorrow until it ended me. I remember the morning when I felt something new and I don’t know where it came from really. It felt too clear. It felt like I had finally made a decision to put away all of the thoughts of just how unfair this shit is and embrace the things around me. Love more than I have ever loved. Just be with it and fully traverse through all of the grief steps.
You see I thought I had passed through all of those awful stages many years ago, but I hadn’t. I had so much ambition and motivation to heal when I first started this in 2015 that I really seemed to skip over all of it and move right to what I thought was acceptance. But it wasn’t acceptance. It was something that looked like acceptance, but it was just denial, anger, bargaining and depression all buried so deep that it took a jack hammer to get it out. This jack hammer ultimately uncovered where I was really at and it’s like all of those emotions just faded away, all at once one morning while I was in the trenches dealing with yet another down.
What I realized is that while food makes life enjoyable, it’s not life. It’s not the food that defines my life. It was how I chose to really see the things around me. To really breathe in the mountain air around me. To really love the people in my life. To really be in tune and sync with life…finally! What an amazing feeling to feel re-born through all of this! I can’t explain it and where it came from, but I think it’s there for everyone to feel! You just have to be patient on this and keep working on aligning yourself with the true meaning of it all and that’s to stop trying to control it. Really uncover the things around you that are waiting there to just be seen! It will happen, just keep the faith and lose the “how’s” and “when’s” of it all and just know that it will come!
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The human body emits a lot of signals, and sometimes we can pick up on these signals to improve our health. However, sometimes the body gives off subtle, yet challenging signals that we tend to ignore or push aside.
In world of health and wellness, sugar cravings are one of the most subtle and challenging. Generally speaking, people get sugar cravings, act on it, and feel some guilt afterwards, only to repeat the whole cycle all over again. Sugar cravings have a way of getting to people at just the right time of the day, and while some people can make quick changes and overcome them, others need a bit more help.
Listed below is a detailed guide on what sugar cravings are, why you could be craving sugar, and how to potentially fix the issue with simple tips.
Why Do I Crave Sugar?
The human body craves sugar for various reasons, and generally each craving is different for each person. Your brain may experience an intense craving because it needs sugar for energy and to function properly. But beyond meeting a need, sugar cravings for adults tend to be habitual, rewarding, or even just physiologic. Let’s take a look at this with some of the reasons on why you crave sugar when you do.
Your daily habits are formed deep within your brain, and while some sources may say that it takes 21 days to form a habit, the truth is any habit can form as long as the brain is satisfied with the end result. Certain neurochemicals in the brain can cause addiction to sugar, similar to that of illicit drugs, opioids, and alcohol. In addition, changes in dopamine receptors in the brain appear to have an impact on addiction to sugar, as described by a recent study on food addiction. Dopamine gets released by when you experience some sort of happiness and results in a feeling of euphoria. As a result of this hormone response, your brain will habitually desire sugar the way it does other harmful compounds like drugs and alcohol.
Too often, adults looking to stay fit, get fit, or maintain any fitness at all use a reward system for motivation. Actually, a reward system is a great way to motivate a workout and push you to the next level. However, in the case of using sugar as a reward, this may not be the best idea. There is a lot of talk about how sugar addiction is similar to that of illicit drug addiction, and the following research findings may shock you. A 2007 study comparing a cocaine reward system and a sugar reward system showed that sugar can be a stronger draw than cocaine, even for cocaine addicts. The implication of this is that using sugary treats in a reward system is a bad idea. While a sugary reward system at the gym may seem harmless, the results are anything but.
The brain needs glucose to properly function, so it makes sense that the brain will crave sugar in order to get it. Though the body breaks down all carbohydrates into simple sugars, so you don’t literally need to eat sugar to feed your brain glucose, physiologically speaking, the brain could be craving this nutrient as a way to get what it wants, even if it doesn’t need it. Perhaps your blood sugar is low and your brain is asking for sugar? Your mind could be tricking you into thinking you need sugar when you really don’t.
What Causes Sugar Cravings?
It seems that sugar cravings are becoming more and more common in today’s world. Sometimes people call these episodes as being “hangry.” Rather than accepting that you are hangry, there is a chance that you could be having a sugar craving instead. What are some of the factors that are causing a sugar craving? Listed here are some potential reasons you could be craving sugar.
You Finished a Hard Workout
Working out does quite a bit to your mind and body, and for the most part you gain valuable rewards for your hard efforts. Many people are likely to experience a sugar craving following a workout, and often this may be after you had a personal best in a run, lifted heavy weights, or tried a new high intensity interval training workout. Whatever your reason, as long as you depleted the glycogen stores in your body, you are likely to be craving sugar to replenish this. This would be considered a pathologic or physiologic reason as to why you are having a craving, and it serves a valuable need for the brain and cells.
Your Diet is Not Right
There is no right or wrong when it comes to your diet, but if you are having sugar cravings then it could be due to a diet that is not optimal. If your diet already includes donuts, bagels, candy bars, and soda then chances are your sugar cravings are because of how you have been eating. The more you eat these simple sugars, the more your brain will want them, which can continue the vicious cycle of sugar cravings.
You Use Artificial Sweeteners
The artificial sweetener debate is starting to become clearer in recent years. The use of these alternatives to sugar may save on calories, but they trick the mind into thinking you ate something that is extremely sweet—far sweeter than sugar. For this reason, your brain will crave foods or beverages that are as sweet as what you just had.
It Has Become a Habit
Again with the habitual part. Consider the scenario where you grab a sugary coffee every morning before work at your favorite coffee shop at the same time of day. Now, your body adjusts to these cues. Every weekday morning, your mind will automatically write this into your daily routine. This is the quickest way to start a habitual sugar craving, and chances are if you were to stop going to get coffee, your brain would crave the sugar that you would normally have at that time of the day.
Common Reasons for Craving Sweets
Now that you have some information on what causes your cravings and why you are having them, now is the time to jump into some common reasons for craving sweets.
Poor Sleep Quality
A common reason for a sugar craving is when you have poor sleep quality at night. Typically, the body needs a certain amount of REM and deep sleep as a way to replenish the mind and body, but when you have inadequate amounts, your body is susceptible to craving sweets the following day.
Another reason for craving sweets could include high levels of stress throughout the day. Typically, a little bit of stress in your day is considered healthy and necessary; however, chronic levels of high stress could lead to your sugar cravings increasing in intensity following your stressful event or day.
The last common reason on this list involves a common practice among people trying to lose weight. As a way to conserve calories for a future meal or to make up for being “bad” on a prior meal, some adults skip meals. While this seems logical as a way to prevent weight gain, skipping meals can cause you to have sugar cravings as a result. Generally, this is caused by reduced blood sugar levels.
What Your Body Could Be Telling You
Now that you have some information on what could be causing your cravings and why you may be having them, you should take the time to understand what your body could be trying to tell you. Here are a few examples of what your body could be trying to tell you about your sugar cravings.
Lack of Nourishment
Your body could be telling you that you need to get more nourishment for your brain and the cells in your body. If you take notice of this sign, there is a chance that your blood sugar levels could be low to the point that it is harming your health.
Another signal your body could be sending is that it is in full-blown sugar addiction mode, and the cravings you are having are a result of sugar addiction. If this is a signal you pick up on, it could indicate that perhaps you do not need sugar, but rather your brain is demanding you to satisfy its yearning for euphoria.
There is a chance that you could be having a sugar craving simply because you are bored. Are the kids out of the house today and you have no idea what to do with yourself? Well, if your sugar cravings are setting in when this happens then it could mean you are bored and having a craving.
How to Stop Sugar Cravings
Fighting and putting a stop to sugar cravings can be a challenge at start. Initially, you may notice that your cravings are in a vicious cycle that only causes you to crave sugar more often. However, there are some things you can do to set your body up for success. Generally speaking, making a modification to your diet is necessary to succeed. Consider reading our article on what to eat when you are craving sugar for even more suggestions. Here are some tips to help you to succeed in putting a stop to sugar cravings.
1. Eat More Fiber
Fiber is an underestimated ally that serves a valuable role in your health and wellness. High fiber intake tends to be associated with better colon and cardiovascular health, as well as a reduced risk of cancer and obesity. Unfortunately, the typical American diet is lacking in fiber. The average fiber intake for all Americans over the age of two is 16 grams a day, with women consuming about 18 grams daily and men 15 grams on average. Current guidelines recommend that adults consume between 25 and 30 grams of fiber every day. Fiber is a starchy substance that passes through the digestive system untouched, meaning that fiber is not processed at all in the stomach or intestine. Fiber helps to slow the absorption of the foods you eat and it can also help to curb cravings you have by keeping you full for longer. Consider eating foods that are naturally high in fiber—like vegetables, beans, legumes, and whole grains —to help curb cravings.
2. Consume Lean Protein
Lean protein options are beneficial for health for a variety of reasons. Eating lean proteins such as salmon, halibut, and chicken can help to fill you up at a meal and keep you feeling full for longer. This means that your blood sugar levels are better managed, which means a possible reduced risk for a sugar craving before the next meal. Include lean protein options as much as you can to help fight off your sugar cravings.
3. Drink Enough Water
Your body is mostly made up of water; it is the most abundant substance in your body by far, which means you need to replenish your water stores as much as possible each day. Many of the body’s processes are associated with your overall hydration status. In addition, the more dehydrated you are, the greater the chances that you will have some hormonal imbalance. Your sugar cravings may occur as a result of being thirsty, so replenishing the water in your body is often a quick fix. Consider drinking about six to eight glasses each day to stay hydrated and avoid sweetened drinks as much as possible with.
4. Make Healthy Substitutions
Another way to stop sugar cravings from affecting you throughout the day is to swap healthy foods for unhealthy ones. This is perhaps the most challenging of all these options, but it is one of the most effective ways to cut out cravings. By switching out your chocolate or candies for some fresh fruit or vegetables, you are telling your brain that you no longer want to load up on sugar and you’ll avoid setting off sugar cravings as well. Consider cut up fruit or vegetables as a snack, nuts to curb appetite, or even hot tea (unsweetened of course) to turn your midday treats healthier.
5. Cut Out Artificial Sweeteners
Artificial sweeteners are becoming quite common in today’s world, and now it seems more people are consuming more of the artificial product rather than sugar. Many of these users are attempting to cut sugar out of the diet to lose weight (by saving calories) and improve wellness. However, studies have shown that the use of artificial sweeteners in foods and beverages can lead to weight gain, as well as strengthen and encourage sugar dependence and cravings. With this in mind, it seems that one of the best ways to cut out sugar cravings from your life once and for all is to stop eating both sugar and artificial sweeteners. While this lifestyle change may take some time to completely master, the rewards will be worth it when successful.
Sugar cravings can be a challenging part of your everyday life and when they set in, they can take over your mind in a hurry. Some of the most common causes of sugar cravings include a poor diet and the use of artificial sweeteners, both of which can lead to fluctuations in your blood sugar levels as well as cause you to crave sugar. While a sugar craving can happen to anyone at any time, there are some simple things that you can do to help stop them from occurring in the first place. Making small adjustments to your diet can be effective. Typically, adding more fiber and protein in your diet can cause you to feel full throughout the day while maintaining stable blood sugar levels. In addition, ensuring that you keep hydrated every day is essential for regulating your hormone balance, particularly your hunger hormones. Making these small changes can go a long way, and they will hopefully help you to win the battle against your cravings.
Because we are all massively inundated with toxins in our culture and the body needs some support! There is a good chance that the symptoms you are dealing with are attributed to poor bodily detox functions.
Whats the most common complaint? Fatigue? How about muscle and joint pain? You got it! Other symptoms like anxiety, insomnia, depression, acne, food allergies can all have roots to poor body detoxification! And our favorite foundation to support, the digestive system suffers significantly as you experience diarrhea, constipation, heartburn and many many other digestive issues as the liver gets bogged down. Think of a symptom and a good chance it *stems* from impaired detox abilities.
Personally, having an autoimmune condition, it just ups the stakes as gene mutations are very common. These mutations can cause nutrient deficiencies and inabilities to detox so I take great care to do a number of detox methods to help eliminate them from: Epsom salt baths, oil pulling, acupuncture, dry brushing, castor oil packs and infrared sauna for example.
Many other methods you can use, but the #1 point is help your body help itself. First and foremost, remove the obstacles to health!
If any of this sounds familiar, I urge you to seek us out here for some guidance on how to identify these things and eliminate them. Its that important! Thank you for reading!
I am writing from my home office today on this wonderful Colorado Wednesday afternoon!!
First off I wanted to give a big shout out to everyone who entered in our last drawing for the pair of sterling silver earrings! Roxanne is truly amazing with the things she puts together!! But stay tuned, we are planning weekly giveaways to win some pretty cool stuff! It’s our intention to build a strong community and there is definitely a great vibe going right now so keep it up!!
Let’s jump right into our weekly subject, which is all around blood sugar. We could talk all day about blood sugar and I will tell you why, but first let me ask you question. How many Americans do you think are impacted by diabetes or pre-diabetes conditions? If you said over 100 million then you would be spot on.
Think about that for a moment. To put this in perspective, cities like New York City have a population of 8.5 million and LA a total of 3.9 million people. We are talking 100 million people!! Combine the top fifty largest cities in the US and you come close to this number. That’s a lot of needless suffering! How did this thing spin so far out of control?
Sugar! Sugar! Sugar! In this country we consume 150-170 pounds of sugar per year/per person on average. Personally, I haven’t had a refined sugar in over three years so I am not factoring into that average, so some of us are eating more than this. But this is not about me telling you that you are bad, this is about awareness! To put things in a bit more context:
Grams Of Sugar Per Serving:
3 Oreos = 13 grams
Protein bars = 11-18 grams
Coke = 39 grams
1 c of Raisin Bran = 19 grams
Yo-plait Yogurt = 27 grams
Bagel with jelly = 20 grams
Apple Juice = 26 grams
Frappuccino =31 grams
Deceptive Food Labels
Before I had my last major flare in 2015, I felt I was pretty healthy and that I ate well enough. But let’s be honest, do we even really look at the labels to see what’s in them? I didn’t! If we did, would we even be able to figure out all of the sugar sources?
Big food companies are sneaky and line their packaging with deceptive key words like: heart healthy, all natural, no cholesterol and so on. These don’t mean a thing I am sorry to say and it’s about making a profit at the expense of your health.
I get it, sugar is part of our culture from birthday cakes to chocolate shakes and yes it makes thing taste great, but from personal experience I can tell you that it’s not worth it. And you can find actual products that are not loaded with sugars or you can make them with your own healthy ingredients.
The things I learned from my body are invaluable. The body deals with sugar in a very distinct way and over time chronic sugar intake will eventually lead to blood sugar dysfunction.
How important is sugar to you?
Sit down and ask yourself how important sugar is in the grand scheme of your life. Is it more important than having daily zero energy because your cells no longer want to play the sugar game? They will revolt eventually and become insulin resistant where they reject glucose. This is where fatigue comes into the mix or maybe you are just cranky 24/7 anymore. That’s what happens when the brain is hooked on sugar and can’t get enough. Eventually this all leads to the root of all conditions, inflammation. Sugar=glycation=inflammation. Inflammation triggers real world issues we face like migraines, arthritis, joint pains and if you let it go long enough autoimmunity.
Lastly I will say that this is not your fault! Let me repeat this, it’s not your fault that the majority of products on your shelves are littered with sugars and pseudo sugars (just as bad on the body and in many ways worse) among many other toxic chemicals. The reason these products exist is because the American consumer is largely in the dark about these things and ultimately your dollar is your voting power.
In closing, this is a big deal and if you want to get to the root of 99% of any health issue you may have or someone you love may have, you need to strategize a way to filter processed food and sugars out of your diet. If you or someone you love suffers, I implore you to take some steps. Send us a message and let’s work together. We can help you with a lasting plan to tackle this burden! This is not about counting calories, it’s about sugar and what it is doing to your body. Look forward to chatting with you!
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Food is the real medicine and by adjusting how we eat, we can forever positively alter these conditions that we take so many pills for in the first place.
As I sat through another discussion about the Diabetes epidemic in this country, I couldn’t help but feel nauseated as I watched one person after another respond to the question of “what meds do you currently take to control your blood sugar?” I knew things have been very prescription centric in this country for quite some time, but for whatever reason the sheer number of personal accounts took me by surprise. Quite frankly when three out of every four commercials touts the benefits amid the mixed message of some icky and sometimes fatal symptoms, I cannot help but reflect on the number of my clients that take multiple medications daily.
If you are fortunate enough to live to a certain age in this day and age, you are statistically prone to take anywhere from nine to thirteen pills daily on average with some people taking twenty pills or more. My intake form when I first started was regularly too short to host the massive numbers of pills that some of my clients take and I would typically get an attachment to the intake forms laying out the way too many pills taken daily. I have since modified this to hold the large numbers of entries. How can a professional monitor for the interactions? With the volume of patients, I think it is hard to monitor every case. In fact some studies in 2016 highlighted that in one major national pharmacy, over half of all interactions were missed. Half!! I don’t want anything to do with this time bomb. I also read that it is up to the patient to do their own research. A lot of these patients on a good day cannot even make a sound decision about casual daily life events, let alone which one of the twenty prescriptions may interact with the other.
THE NEW NORMAL
This has become the new normal for the majority. We don’t even know what it feels like anymore to feel good. How the hell can we feel well, when we stack one pill after another, each one to cover up the issues from the previous! It has become the new normal and it baffles me. Is it really just about dollars? Is this why you see so many ads? I am one of those people that tend to believe that we are inherently good people on this planet, so I have to believe that it’s not all about money right? There was good intention by the person who worked up this formula right? The companies that patent these drugs have the best intentions at heart right? Besides the point really as it is just too far gone at this point, just too far ingrained and we all need to become more personally aware of the dangers of long term use. Take back what is rightfully ours and learn how to get to the real root of the issue rather than suppressing symptoms.
Lets just get this out there right now, I don’t oppose medications. I think medications are necessary for some people and combined with other permanent approaches it can be a good way to reset the body. But most of these scenarios should be short term and quite honestly some pills shouldn’t even be on the market. I mean take a look at what some of these pills do in the body. Quite brilliant actually from a pure science standpoint, but we forget about the resilience of the human body and when we use science to alter the processes of the body on a permanent basis we are just playing with fire. Due to our standard diets of junk and more junk, we are setting up the stage for a headliner big pharma act over and over. Our habits of sugary pseudo foods and treats, every day, all day is what is keeping this big pharma cash cow going. Food is the real medicine and by adjusting how we eat, we can forever positively alter these conditions that we take so many pills for in the first place.
Going back to the complexity of these prescription situations, all you have to do is roll out the prescription packet you get with medications to know that there is some serious tinkering going on inside this little pill. For me personally its all about keeping it simple. In the Marines, one of the favorite acronyms was Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS) and I still follow this to this day and is the best strategy for all of us. Way too complex. Way too many things going on here when a simpler change of diet & lifestyle is the ultimate prescription. But many of us think this is too hard. Is it not harder to deal with the hundreds of side impacts from these drugs? Maybe not currently as you may only be taking one or two drugs if you are lucky, but keep on this path and you will inevitably end up on more and more drugs. It’s just the way it works.
My client strategy is always, always food and lifestyle. Its not hard, it does take discipline though to make changes and you don’t have to make wholesale changes to see an impact. This is where I struggled unfortunately. I fell into this trap of black and white thinking which ultimately is how we think from the top down in this country. Fat? Terrible for you, cut it out! Eggs? Terrible for you, cut it out! Well, wait, new studies show that eggs are okay right now! How can anyone feel confident about their decisions when faced with so much controversy? Unfortunately, this element of doubt is a byproduct of crafty lobbying and approaches to promote a product or concept. This level of internal mental confusion I think is by design really. In the case of doubt, go back to what you know and feel comfortable with right? So we stick with the things that we feel comfortable with like pills and we forget or don’t even think about just how forty grams of sugar per serving times ten on daily basis is impacting our wonderful bodies. It’s the new normal!
Ian Sandage is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner who speaks from the personal experience of someone with autoimmune disease and the highs and lows of a health journey